PlayStation Now brings game streaming to the PS3 at last

6 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

PS4 Continues to Dominate, But Xbox One Catching Up Very, Very Slowly.

Over the holiday shopping season, Microsoft gave the Xbox One a series of aggressive price cuts to give it some chance of at least slowing the advancement of Sony’s ascendant PS4.

After easing past 2 million strong, Sony has confirmed that the is now the fastest-selling console in the UK – even outpacing the colossal sales of PlayStation 2.PlayStation Now officially launched earlier this year on the PlayStation 4, but those who have been following the on-demand game streaming service since the open beta know that it has long been in the works for the PlayStation 3, as well as for a bevy of other devices. MCVUK brings the report, which states that these numbers are representative as of last weekend, and are based on sales estimated made by retail analyst GfK Chart-Track. Good news has come at last for eager PS3 owners waiting for their shot at the service, with PlayStation now officially arriving on the PS3 on May 12, according to the PlayStation Blog. Normally sales figures for the UK are not released for any console, so there’s not much to compare this with – other than apparently it reached the figure even more quickly than the PlayStation 2.

It paid off in the short term, at least in the US: Xbox One outsold the PS4 during some crucial shopping months, giving Microsoft some badly needed good news. That didn’t happen in any appreciable way: Sony’s PS4 went back to the top of the NPD reports even after Microsoft made its “promotional” price cut permanent.

It’s a significant install base, particularly when you consider that – besides Bloodborne – there aren’t a great number of games to push hardware off shelves and into living rooms across the globe. With Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End slipping to 2016, it’ll be interesting to see how the console performs throughout the crucial holiday period, and whether Microsoft and Xbox can recover some ground. The games covered by the service range from indie hits like Spelunky and Guacamelee! to higher profile games like Bioshock Infinite and the God of War series. Sony has hinted that older games from the PS1 and PS2 may eventually be added to the service, but at the time of this writing there has been no official confirmation.

Sony may have struggled with a problematic launch with the PS3, but the PS4 came out a strong and beat everyone’s predictions to make its way to a current total of 22.3 million sales. Since Microsoft reports numbers for the Xbox platform in total (360 and One, combined), we can’t be exactly sure how many Ones have sold, but we can make a pretty close guess: somewhere between 12.46 and 14.28 million.

The Wii U continues to improve, but it started off with such low numbers that it’s still not making a gigantic impact in the overall console generation.

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